One of my favorite authors passed away yesterday. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books came into my life sometime back in the 1970s. I can’t remember for sure if I was in Jr High or High School when I grabbed the first book off my dad’s table (he was done with it) and fell in love with Pern.
I think I have a copy of every Pern book, including those produced in collaberation with her son Todd. And, while Pern was definately my favorite of the world’s Anne created, I also enjoyed the Ship Who Sang series, the Tower and Hive series, Crystal Singer, and Powers That Be (PTB) series as well. Restoree, her first book, and a few odd non-sceince fictions novels of Ms. McCaffrey’s also passed muster with me, including the short No One Noticed The Cat and Black HOrses For The King.
Hm….in looking over her bibliography, it seems I didn’t miss much over the years….
I guess I won’t be able to look forward to any new stories from Anne, but perhaps Pern will continue with Todd at the helm. However, given the number of her books on my shelves, I don’t believe I can truly say I will miss her, as I can reach out for one of her books at any time quite easily. I will say that my world was made richer through the writings and imagination of Anne McCaffrey. For this, I am thankful.